Is GSHD A Good Stock To Buy According To Hedge Funds?

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Is GSHD a good stock to buy now? Investors who are in the know were becoming hopeful. The number of long hedge fund bets went up by 7 in recent months. Goosehead Insurance, Inc. (NASDAQ:GSHD) was in 22 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2020. The all time high for this statistic is 15. This means the bullish number of hedge fund positions in this stock currently sits at its all time high. Our calculations also showed that GSHD isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q3 rankings and see the video for a quick look at the top 5 stocks). There were 15 hedge funds in our database with GSHD holdings at the end of June.

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Charles Akre of Akre Capital Management

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Do Hedge Funds Think GSHD Is A Good Stock To Buy Now?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 22 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 47% from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 10 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in GSHD a year ago. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Zevenbergen Capital Investments, managed by Nancy Zevenbergen, holds the largest position in Goosehead Insurance, Inc. (NASDAQ:GSHD). Zevenbergen Capital Investments has a $35.4 million position in the stock, comprising 0.7% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Charles Akre of Akre Capital Management, with a $21.1 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other members of the smart money with similar optimism consist of Leonard A. Potter’s Wildcat Capital Management, Richard Driehaus’s Driehaus Capital and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Wildcat Capital Management allocated the biggest weight to Goosehead Insurance, Inc. (NASDAQ:GSHD), around 5.89% of its 13F portfolio. Highside Global Management is also relatively very bullish on the stock, earmarking 3.53 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to GSHD.

As aggregate interest increased, key money managers were breaking ground themselves. Winton Capital Management, managed by David Harding, established the most valuable position in Goosehead Insurance, Inc. (NASDAQ:GSHD). Winton Capital Management had $3.8 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Israel Englander’s Millennium Management also initiated a $3.1 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new GSHD investors: Renaissance Technologies, Noam Gottesman’s GLG Partners, and Bruce Kovner’s Caxton Associates LP.

Let’s also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Goosehead Insurance, Inc. (NASDAQ:GSHD). These stocks are Affiliated Managers Group, Inc. (NYSE:AMG), KBR, Inc. (NYSE:KBR), Portland General Electric Company (NYSE:POR), SAGE Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:SAGE), Safehold Inc. (NYSE:SAFE), Vivint Smart Home, Inc. (NYSE:VVNT), and National Beverage Corp. (NASDAQ:FIZZ). All of these stocks’ market caps are similar to GSHD’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
AMG 23 312850 -4
KBR 38 625767 3
POR 24 178843 3
SAGE 34 716348 4
SAFE 7 7299 0
VVNT 5 8042 0
FIZZ 23 300383 2
Average 22 307076 1.1

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 22 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $307 million. That figure was $143 million in GSHD’s case. KBR, Inc. (NYSE:KBR) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Vivint Smart Home, Inc. (NYSE:VVNT) is the least popular one with only 5 bullish hedge fund positions. Goosehead Insurance, Inc. (NASDAQ:GSHD) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for GSHD is 65.8. Stocks with higher number of hedge fund positions relative to other stocks as well as relative to their historical range receive a higher sentiment score. Our calculations showed that top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 41.3% in 2019 and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 10 percentage points. These stocks gained 30.7% in 2020 through December 14th and still beat the market by 15.8 percentage points. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on GSHD as the stock returned 40.4% since the end of the third quarter (through 12/14) and outperformed the market by an even larger margin.

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